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Compaq web-enabled management software buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#275979

Original Release Date: 2001-11-19 | Last Revised: 2001-11-19


The Compaq web-enabled management software contains a buffer overflow. Remote intruders may be able to execute arbitrary code with privileges on affected systems. Many Compaq products are affected, from personal computers to commercial UNIX operating systems.


The Compaq web-enabled management software allows system management information to be accessed through a web interface. This web interface contains a buffer overflow.

Affected Compaq products include those running Microsoft Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, NetWare, SCO Open Server, SCO UnixWare 7, RedHat 6.2, RedHat 7.0, Tru64Unix, and OpenVMS. Web-enabled management software is also supported for Compaq storage products.

Compaq has produced a security advisory describing this problem at


A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with privileges on systems running the vulnerable software.


Apply a Patch

Apply a patch from your vendor. Information about patches to correct this problem is available in the Compaq security advisory. The patches described in Compaq security advisory SSRT0758 correct this vulnerability and those decribed in VU#137024 and VU#991240.

Disable the Web-Enabled Management Software

You can prevent this vulnerability from being exploited by disabling the web-enabled management software.

Block Ports 2301 and 280 at Your Perimeter

Port 2301 (the device management port) is the port used to access the vulnerable code. Blocking access to this port from untrusted sources may reduce the risk of exploitation. You may also wish to block port 280 (the Compaq Insight Manager XE port).

Vendor Information


Compaq Computer Corporation Affected

Updated:  November 19, 2001



Vendor Statement

A security advisory describing this issue is available from Compaq at:

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has archived a PGP signed copy of the Compaq security advisory below.

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The CERT/CC thanks Compaq for their advisory on this topic.

This document was written by Cory F. Cohen.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0728
Severity Metric: 11.22
Date Public: 2001-10-01
Date First Published: 2001-11-19
Date Last Updated: 2001-11-19 20:40 UTC
Document Revision: 8

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